Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Left's Argument ad Hitler

President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer got into trouble this week with a Hitler remark. You are not allowed to say that at least Hitler didn't gas Germans. Because the Holocaust. And Marine Le Pen got into trouble by saying that the real France was not the France that send the Jews to the gas chamber.

We moderns like to attach guilt to whole nations, e.g., Germans for killing the Jews. It's almost impossible to counter, because it's a "when did you stop beating your wife" question. Just try: "hey, the Germans weren't all bad" on your liberal friend and see where it gets you.

Personally, I feel that it is not quite true that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. I'd say that assigning collective guilt is the mark of a true monster.

And, of course the worst of the worst were not the Nazis and the fascists but the Commies in the Soviet Union and the Peoples Republic of China. They killed far more than Hitler's Germany, and practically took their nations back to the Stone Age. But somehow nobody is trying to cover the Russian and Chinese people with collective guilt.

Why is that?

It is because you can't win when you are up against the cultural elite. They can name and shame you and you can't name and shame them. The Russians and the Chinese are not collectively guilty because the cultural elite does not want to smear them. Hey, at least Lenin and Mao were trying to do something about evil capitalism. Or something.

But here is my approach to the Hitler smear.

The people turn to idiots like Hitler when the usual idiots have failed.

That's how Hitler got his chance in Germany. Here's how.

First, the usual idiots got Germany into a two-front war, with France and Russia, in 1914.

Then, the usual idiots lost the war.

Then, the usual idiots in Germany after the war failed to cut government spending to match the reduced tax base of 1919 and thereafter, resulting in hyperinflation.

Then, the usual idiots in Britain, France and the United States tried to get back to the old gold parity, forcing a nasty deflation on the world.

Then, the usual idiots applied a ton of band-aids to the problem and ended up with the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.

At some point, the people of Germany decided: enough of these usual idiots. Let's try this Hitler chappie.

Sorry, Germans, that was a bad choice. But I am sorry that the usual idiots decided that they had to blame every last German for their mistake in order to cover up their own crimes against humanity.

It's not that different from the present.

In the US the usual idiots subsidized home mortgages, setting up a decades long boom and bubble in house prices, which crashed in 2008. And that really screwed the average middle class, not to mention young people.

In the US the usual idiots got us into a stupid war in the Middle East.

In the US the usual idiots thought that the solution to the crash was more financial regulation, more health care regulation, more environmental regulation and a war on college men as rapists. So we got a decade of sub-par growth, and heightened racial and other tensions. And sharply higher health care costs.

So now we have Trump.

The point is that when the usual idiots blame the people for electing a Trump or a Hitler, they are missing the point.

The problem is not the people. The problem is the usual idiots. They are the governing class, so when things go wrong, it is their fault.

OK, the problem is not just the usual idiots; the problem is also that the people keep voting for the usual idiots that offer them free stuff, that propose a way out of our problems without it costing anything, that warp the economy in an attempt to avoid dealing with the problems that come from taking 35 percent of GDP and spending it on government programs, and handing out subsidies and special favors left and right.

Imagine the United States as a nation where the people said: no free pensions; no free health care; no free education; no free nothing. I know. It is impossible to imagine.

But when the voters feel they are stuck in a corner, like a rat, they have two options. They can curl up and die, or they can strike out and hope for the best.

But as long as our liberal friends can get people to cringe when they depart from the received wisdom on Hitler, on race, on gender, on gays, on immigration, they will keep doing it.

And so the only thing left for the people to do is to elect a Trump. Or a Hitler.

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